Blue Parrot Blues – 4

Jess tossed her long, dark blonde hair back and practically ran outside, leaving the sounds of the Blue Parrot behind. Eamon and his pack followed. Colin… how did Colin get there so fast? waited for her at his red Porsche, the passenger side door open for her. Hmm, she thought, a girl could get used to this. Weres and vamps didn’t always get along but in Southampton, at least, they coexisted in peace. Colin had been in Las Vegas for a few years, Miranda had said, but wanted to live out here now. He didn’t seem the flashy type, but young, single vamps had to display a certain aura about them. Jess got in the car and they drove off, Eamon and his pack trying to keep up in their blue pick-up. Jess knew just where she had to look to pick up the demon’s scent. It was midnight, the same time Matthew was attacked, and there’d been police reports of missing persons last seen in the vicinity of Lily Pond Road. Jess herself had been there several times since the attack on Matthew, certain she would discover the demon lurking about, if that’s what demons did. Jess knew little of the lore surrounding them. She’d gone online to do some checking in the days following the attack, but found nothing useful. Only a lingering sensation, of what she couldn’t quite put her finger on it, clawed at her urging her to this place. And there it was. Not that she could make out its form, but its presence was apparent. Its scent wafted in through her nostrils. Jess’s keen, were instincts cried out to her. She darted ahead, Colin and the were pack close behind. A car’s engine could be heard approaching and quickly cut off. Jess turned to see Mac leading her pack in her direction. Mac would be furious that Eamon came into their territory without first getting his consent. And using a young girl to lure a demon was contemptible. “This could’ve been done differently,” Mac said roughly. Eamon merely shrugged, saying “I’d no choice. This things been killing my pack. We tracked it here but don’t know its scent. She does,” he finished, gesturing at me. “She’s been through enough,” Mac said. “I won’t have you getting her killed.”
Jess was set to protest that she could take care of herself when the sensation she’d been feeling since they got to this spot suddenly intensified. It feeds off fear, the witch-singer had told her back at the Blue Parrot. Jess hushed the others and moved toward the rustling of leaves in the cluster of trees that hid the pond from view. Colin was by her side. He’d moved so quietly she’d not heard him. Vamps! she reminded herself. Jess was almost getting used to him being around. And then it sprang. Leapt toward them. Its appearance surprised her. It didn’t revolt her as she’d expected it would Rather, it transformed itself almost instantaneously into a rather innocuous spectre. Jess wasn’t fooled, nor was she afraid. She shifted to her were form, a beautiful blonde wolf, and lunged. The demon was only partly corporeal but that was enough to prove its undoing. Jess and the other weres attacked and it dissolved in green smoke. The witch-singer told her it fed on fear and the absence of any fear in Jess, Colin and Mac destroyed it.

***

They sat in the Blue Parrot listening to the soft sounds of a jazz singer and sipping a concoction Miranda devised. Mac told Jess that Matthew left out of fear that she’d be harmed, and Jess accepted that she’d have to move on. Colin was nice and he was brave. He respected her and wouldn’t treat her like a kid. A were and a vamp? she thought. A girl could do worse.

The End.

  1. Phil
    February 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks Tiffany-chan! I think the action in this story took on a life of its own in a way. I wanted Jess to be strong and resilient but with a vulnerable side. She has things to prove, to others but, more important, to herself. I can’t wait to read yours!

  2. February 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I like it! You’re doing a good job of keeping the action moving and I am getting a good sense of your characters. I think that is what has me kind of stuck on mine – its taking too long for stuff to happen. I’m learning from all of you 🙂

  3. Phil
    February 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I’m doing part 5 right now. That should be the last part.

  4. Phil
    February 12, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I’ve been thinking of doing just that. Jess may only think her troubles are over… 😉
    Thanks, Antonio. I’m really happy you’re enjoying it!

  5. Antonio Rich
    February 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

    It’s over so quickly? Phil, you gotta drop one more short on us before monday. Good job, Phil!

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